Vintage shopping goods have become a widely successful niche market in various sectors, however, many BIPOC-owned brands have trouble getting mainstream placements inside boutiques due to a lack of diversity. One Chicago-based woman decided to use the opportunity to create a new marketplace to help spotlight brands from women and entrepreneurs of color.
Shilla Kim-Parker is the owner of Thrilling, a digital marketplace for vintage goods sourced from local BIPOC and women-owned stores across the U.S. The Harvard Business graduate credits her interest in building her business from listening to stories from her grandparents from North Carolina. “My grandparents started the first Black-owned business in Kinston, North Carolina, a dry cleaner that served Black patrons [when] no other dry cleaners would serve Black customers,” said Kim-Parker in an email interview with BLACK ENTERPRISE.
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